Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.
During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.
Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.
This book was filled with all the “feels”. Tate and Sam were both such likable characters that it pained you to experience this journey with them. You wanted to be mad, but you still could understand purpose and reasoning behind choices that were made. This book was well-written with strong characters that made the story!
While I always love Christina Lauren books (and this one is no exception), it did lack some of the humor and fun that I often enjoy in their books. Additionally, I felt that there were some areas that were more “forced”,, especially some of the ending. I enjoyed the story line and thought it moved at a decent pace. I think the story, itself, was phenomenal and definitely not the typical trope one typically finds, but I felt like the ending could’ve used a little more! Overall 3.5 stars! A solid read and one that definitely should be added to your TBR!